Abortion laws in each state


Mary C

Last month, Governor Ron DeSantis signed into a law to ban abortions after fifteen weeks of pregnancy. This is set to take effect on July 1, 2022. This law is modeled after a similar abortion ban in Mississippi that the supreme court seems to set to uphold. It contains exceptions only in cases where an abortion is necessary to save the life of the mother or prevent serious injury or if the fetus has a fatal abnormality. In the recent weeks, lawmakers in Kentucky overturned the governor’s veto of a measure restricting abortions after fifteen weeks. The Kentucky law was temporarily blocked by a federal judge on April 21. The legislature in Oklahoma has approved a bill prohibiting abortions after about six weeks of pregnancy. In Texas, the bill bans abortion after cardiac fetal activity, which is around six weeks of pregnancy. The governor of Oklahoma signed a law last month that outlaws abortion entirely except to save the life of a pregnant women in a medical emergency. There are currently seven states that have introduced legislation banning abortion. Those states are the following: Arizona, Idaho, Wyoming, Florida, Kentucky, Oklahoma, and West Virginia.